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NetSoft enhances mainframe connectivity software for Windows 3.X; DynaComm/Elite 3.6 increases host session support by 300 percent; adds TN3270E, ASync/X.25 links, ODBC access to DB2, and more.

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 1996--Client/server connectivity leader NetSoft Wednesday announced version 3.6 of DynaComm/Elite, the company's flagship client software product for concurrent 3270 and Advanced Program-to-Program Communications (APPC) based PC-to-mainframe connectivity.

DynaComm/Elite 3.6 now provides support for up to 15 concurrent PC-to-host sessions, a three-fold increase from the previous version which supported 5 sessions.

Other new features include support for TN3270E emulation for TCP/IP networks, ODBC access to IBM DB2 host databases, async and X.25 connectivity via the Renex Asynchronous Protocol, APPC connectivity through Microsoft's SNA Server, custom printer fonts, enhanced printer session status information, a new configurable session inactivity time-out feature, and more.

``While we are continuing to enhance our 32-bit Windows products, the majority of customer sites are still using 16-bit Windows 3.X on many of their machines,'' said Gene Ousey, product manager for NetSoft's Mainframe Business Unit. ``It's very important that we continue to meet our customers' current needs as well as meeting their needs for the future.''

DynaComm/Elite now supports up to 15 mainframe sessions. Any combination of screen and printer sessions can be configured. Enhancements to the user interface include a scrolling list box on the Communications Setting dialog box. The list box allows the user to easily configure each session by double-clicking on the desired session.

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) network users can now request a free diskette incorporating TN3270E support, called the DynaComm/Elite TN3270 Option. The TCP/IP protocol is increasingly attractive for both Internet and Intranet business infrastructures.

``This gives our customers a powerful tool in the transition to TCP/IP,'' continued Ousey. ``They get improved 3270 datastream support in enterprise TCP/IP environments, including SNA printing.''

DynaComm/Elite now provides Windows 3.X access to IBM mainframes over asynchronous dial-up lines and X.25 packet-switching networks via Renex Corp.'s TMS-4 or RPAD-2 controllers. The Renex Asynchronous Protocol Driver has been embedded into DynaComm/Elite 3.6.

Users who need Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC) access to IBM DB2 databases can now use DynaComm/Elite's APPC services together with StarSQL from StarWare.

DynaComm/Elite's APPC services have additionally been enhanced to support host sessions through Microsoft's SNA Server, providing centralized APPC session configuration and management. The previous version of DynaComm/Elite supported SNA Server connectivity for 3270 sessions only.

With DynaComm/Elite's new support of custom printer fonts for printer sessions, users are now able to customize the printer fonts for mainframe-generated print jobs. Selections such as destination printer, font style, font size and font spacing can be adjusted to suit the user's needs. Print-to-disk options are also included.

The enhanced printer session status features includes information such as link state and characters received. The configurable session inactivity time-out feature will disconnect any screen session that has remained inactive for a predetermined amount of time.

DynaComm/Elite 3.6 is available for immediate delivery. The software is priced at $395.

Founded in 1980, NetSoft is a privately held corporation that develops, markets and supports PC-to-IBM mainframe and PC-to-IBM midrange communications solutions for Windows 3.X, Windows 95, Windows NT, OS/2 and DOS.

NetSoft's award-winning products are sold worldwide by a direct sales force and through authorized channel partners. The company has headquarters at 31 Technology Drive, Irvine, Calif. 92718.

Please contact NetSoft toll-free at 888/NETSOFT (638-7638) or 714/753-0800, or visit NetSoft's World Wide Web site at http://www.netsoft.com. Product information can also be accessed via NetSoft's Fax Back service at 714/450-0757. -0-

Note to Editors: NetSoft is a registered trademark of NetSoft. DynaComm/Elite is a registered trademark of NetSoft and Future Soft Engineering Inc. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks and Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. TMS and RPad are trademarks of Renex Corp. Other product and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

CONTACT: NetSoft, Irvine

Kimber Smith, 714/789-8052
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